Bowdoin attracts the smartest, kindest people on earth, where they work together to ask questions and tackle big problems. Hearing that—you probably have someone in mind. We can help them afford it.
Bowdoin has a history of prioritizing access in admissions.
- We eliminated the $65 application fee for any first-generation student and for any applicant applying for financial aid.
- We practice need-blind admissions and meet the full demonstrated need of every student with grants, not loans.
- We were the first test-optional college in the country—starting more than 50 years ago, in 1969.
- We offer Explore Bowdoin, a college visit program for high-achieving low-income and/or first-generation high school seniors from diverse backgrounds or rural areas. Suggest a student to Explore Bowdoin.
We value engagement with our counselor and CBO partners:
- Learn more about the Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Tour.
Support at Bowdoin goes beyond our comprehensive aid packages and need-blind admission policy.
We strive for an equitable college experience for students who are the first in their families to go to college or who come from low-income backgrounds or traditionally underrepresented groups. This means full-need financial support, supplemented with concentrated efforts and resources geared toward achievement, belonging, mentorship, and transition.
Bowdoin’s THRIVE program is a college-wide initiative to ensure low-income students, first-generation students, and students traditionally underrepresented in college have access to additional support and feel more engaged in order to maximize the opportunities available to them on campus.
Geoffrey Canada Scholars Program
The Geoffrey Canada Scholars program is part of the College’s THRIVE initiative. Selected students participate in this cohort program starting with a Summer Institute prior to their first year of college and continue participating throughout their undergraduate years, during which time they receive timely support tailored to their needs.
Meaningful internship experience doesn’t always come with a paycheck.
Students can apply for funded internships, which provide a stipend to pursue interests in fields that can't always afford to pay interns. They can also cover living expenses and travel costs to paid internships, making them accessible to more students and their families.